Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan told Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua not to "play with fire" by proposing the scrapping of discounts for Bumiputera for the purchase of commercial and luxury properties in Selangor.
He said the current percentage of shophouses and business premises owned by bumiputeras in the urban areas was very low, at only 14 per cent, and that the scrapping of the discounts would only make things worse.
"So, I'm asking YB Tony Pua not to play with fire," he said, "Don't even light a match."
Ahmad said the DAP leader had clearly made the suggestion with total disregard of the sensitivity of the Malays and bumiputeras in the country who made about two third of the country's population.
He told reporters here that he also believed that the statement was a part of DAP's long lists of attempts to question the Malay and bumiputera privileges in the country.
The fact is Ahmad is only speaking from his deep conscious. Never mind if the Umno information chief sounded so unpolished and brash. Although, his mannerism will not endear him to many Malaysians he is still entitled to his views and opinions.
The only problem is Ahmad has portrayed the Malays as angry people who will go berserk and run amok if their rights are being challenged. Hence, Ahmad had reminded Tony Pua not to play with fire.
Hurling threats and abuses may get Ahmad somewhere within the hierarchy of his party but it does not exclude him from having to justify if giving purchase discounts for luxury properties meets the objective of NEP?
Indirectly, Ahmad's hostile reaction is a fine example of the failure of NEP. The policy was supposed to help and assist the poor, create more middle-class families and to build capacity of Bumiputeras (not just the Malays). We agree and accept a policy which helps the poor regardless of race including the original intent of the NEP.
If the policy was implemented properly, Ahmad Maslan, Ibrahim Ali and Muhyiddin Yasin should be excluded from the NEP category. All three are making quite a decent income as MP, company director or cabinet member.
Here is where our disagreement of NEP lies. Umno wants the policy to continue benefiting the rich and well-connected. We want the policy to benefit only the poor and underprivileged.
This is the reality - the ruling elites and well connected upper echelon would not want to replace the NEP. They want to use it to their advantage to continue to enjoy special privileges, deny the needy ones from getting them and to create unfair competitive advantage (e.g. Bumiputera privileges for public contracts and access to certain industries) for themselves and their cronies.
The scary part is everybody in the country is acting like a savage. Everybody is only going after its resources without having a sense of responsibility and commitment to build a better society for our next generations.
Once these resources are depleted, this country may be abandoned and others who are not so fortunate may fight over crumbs or may even kill for things we used to waste when there are still plenty to go around.
Does Ahmad or his party love Malaysia?